Banding Demo for Kids Last Friday
For the past 6 years I have had the opportunity to participate in Allegany State Park’s Great Outdoors Day with the Recreation Department. This year due to the scheduling conflicts . . . . I was only able to banding during the Friday Class Sessions. But I still had the opportunity to interact with over 200 children from numerous school districts.
The Great Outdoors Day program had 9 different presenters that would discuss oil spills, recycling, starts, fish stocking, insects, ect . . . . and my station was focused on bird banding. I would give a 20 minute/ group explanation on what bird banding is, who does bird banding and how a bird bander bands a bird.
I had 4 classes before lunch and then 3 classes after lunch to dazzle the kids with songbirds. With only 20 minutes allowed . . . I would show each group 2 birds being banded and then watched the birds being released.
The children always enjoy that I would release the birds off the teachers head . . . ! Some teachers don’t love this part of the banding but I get great smiles from the kiddies! The kids are always having fun at my station, which results in having the loudest station!! Although the kids are having fun . . . we are still learning about science and how banding helps ornithologist learn more about bird conservation. The best part is the kids have an opportunity to see birds up close.
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